Domestic Basketball Returns

Junior Not Registered List. Update 5th July 11am.

If your childs name is on this list then they currently will not be placed in a team


Geelong United Basketball have announced the Winter 2020 season will be returning on July 20th. This will be a shortened one term season most likely consisting of a maximum 8 teams per division allowing for each team to play each other once & then finals. There will be some rules that will need to be followed for this to happen see below.

With our training venues being at the local schools we have decided that we will not be having any training sessions this term. At this stage we are not allowed to use the schools & if we are able to use the venues we would need to have limited numbers inside the stadium (inc no or one parent), clean the stadium after each session & record names & phone numbers of every visitor, we decided this would be extremely hard to do & police & to ensure the safety of our community & the schools we use, along with the extra costs to the club & therefore our families. We have also decided there will be no presentation day as we are unsure if we can hold such an event. Therefore with the reduction of our costs, we have reduced our Lara Giants club fees for just $15 for this winter only (instead of the usual $60). This will increase to $20 after July 5.

While we are excited by the return of basketball, we here at Lara Giants respect everyones right to decide how they feel. If you prefer not to play this season you are welcome to opt out by emailing us at the club with the players details & date of birth for juniors.

If you are wanting to play & to accept your position you must register to play in PlayHQ (the new system that is replacing the old sporting pulse). This will include the need to pay Lara Giants Club fee of $15 & Geelong United Fee (which is also half price) if this is due.

Accepting Your Spot for Winter 2020By July 5

All players who registered prior to the winter season cut off will be given priority . Ensure your name is on the list before paying any registrations

To accept your position to be placed in a team please follow the steps on our PlayHQ guide. Please note you will not be able to be placed in a team or take the court without doing this step. If the season does not go ahead all monies will be refunded or credited. All registrations must be completed by July 5 to allow us time to finalise the teams.

New or Unregistered Players

To register your interest please send your details in an email to including name, date of birth. If we have a spot we will let you know.

Refunds & Payments

If you have paid your full amount prior to the shut down you will be credited the difference for the season for winter season. We will be in touch to confirm prior to this. If you are unsure follow the steps on PlayHQ & you should be able to confirm. Likewise if the season does not go ahead a full credit or refund will be given

Financial Hardship

Any families doing it tough we are hear for you. Please reach out if you need some help to allow your kids to opportunity to play & we will see how we can help. All details are kept private. For more information please email

New to the club Players

If you are a new player you will need a uniform. We will be having a uniform day over the holidays where you can book a time & try on & collect your uniform.

Changes to the rules

While this is great news, due to COVID 19, there is still some restrictions and changes that will be in place to ensure everyone can return to play safely.
• Games must be completed within a maximum of 40 minutes.
• There must be at least 20 minutes between games to allow for cleaning.
• No more than one parent/guardian may be allowed per player under 18.
• No spectators Senior competitions (18 and older)
• All participants must “sign-in” upon entry to any venue
• All players will have to enter and exit the venue at different spots.
• No basketballs can be brought into the venue. All match basketballs will be sanitised before the game
• Cashless options will be available at all venues.

Game Structure

Using information from Basketball Victoria and the State Government, GUB will have made the following adjustments to the game structure on match day. More information about these regulations can be found in the Basketball Victoria Return to Play document.
• Games will commence on the hour with a central clock for each venue.
• All games will be 2 x 15-minute halves with 2 minutes at half time.
• Two time outs may be called per half per team. The clock will remain running in time outs.
• No time outs or substitutions in the last 1 minute of either half.


Q. Will there be training for Lara Giants

A. No there won’t due to restrictions in accessing venues own by the department of education. Along with the various rules in place by the health department around restricting spectators & cleaning.

Q. What if restrictions ease can we train then?

A. No, we have reduced fees to cover the team entry costs and not for training. We are hopeful of doing a few clinics later in the term if restrictions ease

Q. I am concerned about playing, can I withdraw my name

A. Yes we totally understand anyones concerns. Please email by July 5 to remove your name from our list

Q. I wasn’t going to play this winter, but now I want to, can I play?

A. Maybe. First priority will be given to those who registered prior to cut off. However should the opportunity arise due to players withdrawing we will hapily take extras. To register your interest

Juniors (inc u20):


Q. I paid my full membership earlier in the year prior to lockdown. Have I lost my money?

A. No a full credit or refund will be given for anyone who paid early

Q. I haven’t got a uniform what do I do? / My uniform no longer fits?

A. We will be having a uniform day of sorts during the last weekend of holidays. This will be a booking only system to reduce numbers

Q. I didn’t get my trophy or medal from summer season

A. You can book to coollect those during our uniform day

Q. I am concerned about the health of my family if I play. Is it safe?

A. Geelong United Basketball has met with Basketball Victoria regularly during this crisis who have also met with the health department. All safety rules and advice from the Health Department & State Government will be tightly followed. If things are deemed as unsafe at any stage the various departments will step in and advise.

Q. What if I wanna shoot some hoops over the holidays

A. AWA is open for bookings to help ensure you get your eye in ready for winter. Visit for more info

Q. What is PlayHQ & why do I have to register again

A. PlayHQ is the new complete system for basketball in Victoria. It will be used for registrations & payments as well as stadium scoring. Iit is the way forward for us all to make life easier. Once players are registered they will then be able to be placed in teams prior to the first game.

Q. When will teams be announced?

A. After the close off for acceptance on July 5 we will sit down & see where our teams are at. All temas were completed prior to this, but we expect some changes

Q. What about Little Giants & Mighty Giants, will the be on for term 3?

A. Unfortuantely no. With the restrictions to schools & the large number of rules we will not be able to hold these programs this term. We are hopeful of doing a free clinic towards the end of term should restrictions ease

Upcoming Events

Uniform Day W21

Uniform day is Saturday April 17.  You must book your spot to attend via

Annual General Meeting

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Winter 2020 Uniform Day

Uniform day for new players. Spaces are limited & must be booked in due to covid restrictions

Girls Only Clinic – Steph Blicavs

FREE Girls Only Clinic with Australia Opal /  Geelong Supercat Steph Blicavs Sunday MArch 15th – Under 10s & U12s 12pm, U14s & above 1pm Registrations required at

Summer Presentation Day 2020

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Annual General Meeting

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Uniform Collection Day

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Winter Presentation Day 2019

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Uniform Day

Uniform day for our new uniforms

Summer Presentation Day

For the first time ever we are having a summer presentation day. With so many of our junior players only playing summer we felt it was only far we put on a special presentation day for all the kids & their hard work over a hot summer.  There will be trophies for u12s & above, […]